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  1. View this email in your browser Celebrate Chia Pet Day November 29th I am sure we all remember Chia Pets. They took the world by storm years before any of us realized that the spouts they created are also mega superfood status. Have residents create their own unique chia pets and once they have fully spouted, plan a superfood feast to celebrate. These sprouts are very mildly flavored and go great on sandwiches, salads and Buddha Bowls. Celebrate International Tongue Twister Day November 8th The 14 toughest tongue-twisters in the English language Source: Morgan Cutolo , Reader's Digest 1. 'Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.' A team of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology say that this is the most difficult tongue twister in the world. Can you say it ten times fast? The psychologists who created this tongue twister said that people who attempted to say it either stopped right in the middle of saying it because it was too difficult or could only get through it once and weren't able to repeat it. [The Guinness Book of World Records disagrees...scroll down to see their top pick.] 2. 'Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades, blunderbusses, and bludgeons—balancing them badly.' 3. 'If you must cross a course cross cow across a crowded cow crossing, cross the cross coarse cow across the crowded cow crossing carefully.' 4. 'How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?' 5. 'Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie.' 6. 'Send toast to ten tense stout saints' ten tall tents.' 7. 'Rory the warrior and Roger the worrier were reared wrongly in a rural brewery.' 8. 'Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.' 10. 'The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.' 11. 'The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.' [According to The Guinness Book of World Records, this is the world's hardest tongue twister, not #1 on this list. You be the judge.] 12. 'Can you can a canned can into an un-canned can like a canner can can a canned can into an un-canned can?' 13. 'Thirty-three thirsty, thundering thoroughbreds thumped Mr. Thurber on Thursday.' 14. 'Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards.' This article has been condensed for space. Check out the whole shabang below... Full Article Celebrate National Nacho Day November 5th Mmmm...nachos. This IS a day to celebrate! You can setup your nacho bar as an actual bar or you can fire up the cart for a room to room delivery service. There are two school's of thought on whether chips should be provided with melted cheddar on them or if a crock pot with liquid cheese is the way to go. For our purposes, a crock pot is probably the best bet to keep things fresh, warm and convenient. For an added perk, this lady created a Desert Nacho Bar, which I think your residents will be all about! I know I am! Next Class Starts November 2nd Visit https://activitydirectoruniversity.org for more information. Activity Directors Network was founded in 1996 on the idea that we could help create elderly care that dramatically improved the lives of those we all serve. We envision facilities that feel like homes and that celebrate our resident’s individuality and allows them to live with dignity, purpose and joy. We believe the exchange of education and wisdom between the most talented teachers and passionate students is the way to make an impact. Each and every single one of you are the revolution that is changing everything. Thanks for being a part of The Network. Copyright © 2021 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2810 US HWY 190 W #100-A9 Livingston, Texas 77351
  2. View this email in your browser Fatigue in Older Adults Each and everyone one of us will find ourselves feeling tired from time to time but usually feeling refreshed after a solid night’s sleep. However, normal aging and related health concerns may contribute to sleeping difficulties known to result in unrelenting fatigue. Sometimes, fatigue can be the first sign that the body is experiencing some health issue. Many medical problems and treatments can add to fatigue included but not limited to: Taking certain medications, such as antidepressants, antihistamines, and medicines for nausea and pain management. Undergoing medical treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation, or recovering from major surgery. Fending off infections (Flu, bronchitis, etc.). Chronic diseases: diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, thyroid disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Rheumatoid arthritis; a painful condition that affects the joints, often complain of fatigue. Untreated or persistent pain and diseases like fibromyalgia. Diagnosed Anemia Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders Those afflicted with Cancer may battle fatigued from the disease progression, treatments, or both. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome *** What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or ME/CFS, is a condition in which fatigue lasts 6 months or longer and is not related to other diseases or conditions. People with CFS experience symptoms that make it hard to do daily tasks like dressing or bathing. Along with severe fatigue that doesn’t get better with rest, CFS symptoms can include problems with sleep, memory and concentrating, pain, dizziness, sore throat, and tender lymph nodes. What Else Causes Fatigue? Some lifestyle habits may affect energy: Having too much caffeine. Drinking caffeinated drinks like soda, tea, or coffee late in the day can keep you from getting a good night's sleep. Limit the amount of caffeine you have during the day and avoid it in the evening. Commentary: Our residents LOVE what they LOVE to drink and eat and sometimes it is wise to indulge their cravings if it helps to increase nutritional intake for a resident that shows decreased interest in eating. Some of these cravings however, are bread out of habit/established patterns over the years and drinking that morning cup of Joe can leaned itself to an all day partaking. When that cup of coffee contains caffeine, enough of it may contribute to sleep disturbances. Consult with your nursing staff when you notice signs of fatigue to investigate if it stems from over caffeinated drinks. Getting too little or too much exercise. Regular exercise can boost your energy levels, but don’t overdo it. Commentary: Age progression may bring an increased challenge to remain as active as the individual may have been in younger days and may be due to illness, body decline due to the normal aging process or lifestyle changes. Regular physical activity may improve sleep. It may also help reduce feelings of depression and stress while improving mood and overall well-being. Almost anyone, at any age, can do some type of physical activity. Even moderate exercise may improve appetite, energy, and outlook. Some people find that exercises combining balance and breathing (for example, tai chi or yoga) improve your residents energy level during daytime hours to get a restful night’s sleep. NOTE: Consult with nursing staff/physical therapy to ensure that you meet the needs and limitations of your resident. Daytime Naps- Try to avoid long naps (over 30 minutes) late in the day. Long naps may cause unwanted grogginess during the daytime and may make it harder for your resident to fall asleep at night. You are charged with keeping your resident engaged during the daytime hours to help them more readily slip into those nighttime Zs. Can Emotions Cause Fatigue? Absolutely! Stress, anxiety, worry can take a toll on the soul (and the body) and we are seeing residents with more elevated emotions and unwanted behavior during the current pandemic. In addition, residents are sensing the loss of family and friends (due to social distancing) taking a toll on everyone and often depleting personal energy. Fatigue can be linked to many conditions, including: Anxiety Depression Grieving for loved ones or friends Loss of control Be on the lookout for resident fatigue and do what you all do best during the current pandemic and everyday throughout the year. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/aging-and-sleep https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/fatigue-older-adults Have a topic request or question for Celeste? Send them over to celestechase@activitydirector.org Enroll Now Activity Directors Network was founded in 1996 on the idea that we could help create elderly care that dramatically improved the lives of those we all serve. We envision facilities that feel like homes and that celebrate our resident’s individuality and allows them to live with dignity, purpose and joy. We believe the exchange of education and wisdom between the most talented teachers and passionate students is the way to make an impact. Each and every single one of you are the revolution that is changing everything. Thanks for being a part of The Network. Copyright © 2021 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2010 US HWY 190 W Ste 120 Livingston, Texas 77351
  3. Activity Directors have traditionally planned and understood the importance of continuing their resident’s religion within the facility. Often multiple religious activities are planned weekly in order to meet the needs of those they serve. Things they are changing, though. According to a study conducted by the PEW Research Center from 2012 to 2017, approximately 27% of U.S. adults identify as ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’, with 75% identifying as both. This may seem like a vague identification and it certainly leaves the Activity Director in uncharted waters when it comes to planning activities for it. First, we must understand what ‘Spiritual but Not Religious ’ means. It is defined as a life stance that does not believe that organized religion is the best or only path to personal spiritual development. In other words, spiritual people prefer a more customized approach, which can add another layer of complication while trying to plan for multiple people. The spiritual quest is ever evolving and the direction it goes in comes from the resident’s internal ques within. One week they may wish to work on past regrets, while the next week finds them guided towards meditation or mindfulness. Spirituality is not a one size fits all in the same way uniform religion is. For this reason, the Activity Director will need to stay in close communication with their residents and take their inspiration from their needs. In order to make your job a bit easier we have provided a list of suggested spiritual activities that may help guide you and your resident as you take on this noble quest. Spiritual Activity Starters Meditation and Yoga- There are numerous guided meditations available for purchase or free on YouTube. Jason Stephenson is a good place to start. Research a guided yoga program that suits your residents. There is such a thing as chair yoga, which might be ideal. Mindfulness- Practicing being in the present moment during daily activities. Create activities that keep the resident tuned into what they are doing. This would include activities that require concentration such as painting, crafting, puzzles, playing an instrument, or learning to do familiar things in a new way (i.e. writing an entire letter using their non-dominant hand). Slant these activities towards the spiritual side of things and make it known that the overall goal is to remain mindful and alert. Shadow Work- According to Lonerwolf (a respected site that specializes in soul work), "shadow work is the attempt to uncover everything that we have disowned and rejected within our Shadow Selves". These are all of the things we dislike about ourselves or were taught to dislike, perhaps even impulses that would be considered vile if carried out. This is deep work and Lonerwolf recommends that you attempt shadow work only after establishing a strong degree of self-love. Spirituality Book Club- Spiritualists love a good “self-help” book. There are so many fascinating books on the topic and many can be found directly through the publisher or on Amazon. Some of my favorite spiritual publishers and authors are Hay House, Sounds True, Eckhart Tolle, Michael Singer, Brene Brown and Wayne Dyer. A book by any of these authors is sure to generate much reflection and communication for the book club. Conscious Dancing- This basically involves free style dancing. Turn on some tunes and encourage your residents to move freely to the music. They may feel embarrassed to do this, as most of our lives are dictated by socially acceptable behavior, however you can make the difference in their comfort level by displaying your own. This could also be undertaken in smaller groups until participants feel more free and confident. Another option is to begin by having the resident remain seated, close their eyes and move their arms freely. Overtime you will have a room full of free birds! Chanting- Chanting is another one of those activities that can feel silly to do at first and this makes it a bit off putting to many. However, it is believed that as you are chanting something is slowly transforming within you. I would recommend beginning by having residents listen to a chanting video or audio on YouTube to warm to the idea of chanting themselves. Set the tone by dimming the lights and having residents close their eyes and focusing on the chant. Chants are generally in another language so make sure you select the right one for your residents and inform them of the translation. In Closing... These are just a few of the possible spiritual activities you could plan for. The most important thing is that you allow for flexibility and modifications to suit your residents. The ‘Spiritual but Not Religion ’ mindset is one of fluidity and honoring oneself. The very fact that you are attempting to modernize your program to encompass all belief systems is admirable and so beneficial. You can be certain that as spirituality gains broader acceptance and becomes more mainstream you will be called upon to adapt your calendar. Some of these practices will benefit many of your residents, spiritual or not, therefor beginning to incorporate these ideas now will surely serve you and your department now and in the very near future. Namaste (I bow to you). Resources: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/09/06/more-americans-now-say-theyre-spiritual-but-not-religious/ https://lonerwolf.com/shadow-work-demons/ https://www.spiritualawakeningprocess.com/2014/11/10-fun-spiritual-things-to-do.html Enroll Now NCCAP MEPAP 1&2 Starts Aug 6th - 16week Online Class required for NCCAP Certification. Instructor: Kathleen Hughes, ADC,EDU http://www.activitydirector.org At-Your-Own-Pace format available to Start Anytime - Take upto 1yr. Activity Directors Network was founded in 1996 on the idea that we could help create elderly care that dramatically improved the lives of those we all serve. Activity Directors are the key to creating environments that we ourselves would be excited to live in. We envision facilities that feel like homes, not institutions. Facilities that celebrate our resident’s individuality and allows them to live with dignity, purpose and joy. We believe providing the best education available, with the most talented teachers we can find, is the way to make an impact. Each and every single one of you are the revolution that is changing everything. Thanks for being a part of The Network. Copyright © 2019 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2010 US HWY 190 W Ste 120 Livingston, Texas 77351
  4. Hi fellow AP/BC's .. I found these CEUs on APNCC.org If you live in Washington, Ohio or Wisconsin here are some face to face CEUs for your Board Certification. Need continuing Education? The following educational opportunities are pre-approved by the Credentialing Center. We are happy to list any pre-approved education. Learn how to gain pre-approval for your event on our Pre-Approval tab. September 19th-21st Wisconsin Representatives of Activity Professionals Annual Conference Marshfield WI 13.5 Credit Hours www.wrap-wi.org September 26th-28th Washington State Association of Activity Professionals Annual Conference Bellingham WA 17 Credit Hours www.wsaaptoday.org October 24th-26th RAP Ohio Annual Confernce Columbus Ohio 22 Credit Hours www.rapohio.org
  5. Flower Power Enhancing Lives with Horticulture 5 Credit Hours Pre-Approved NCCAP This course will provide the Activity Director (AD) with the reasons that gardening is so beneficial and therapeutic to the aging population. Tending to plants, being outdoors, gardening, and reminiscing about gardening experiences give new meaning to the lives of those who have lost their independence and purpose in life. Many gardening ideas, group activities, event ideas, establishing a garden calendar, and actual projects are included in this course. Workshop Objectives: Upon completion the student will understand how horticulture benefits the elderly cognitively, psychologically, socially, and physically. The student will understand the importance of implementing programming that creates social connections between residents and their families through gardening. Upon completion the student will have a tool chest of new ideas for starting her own garden in her facility with the help of community organizations. The student will have a variety of gardening projects that may be incorporated directly into her activity programming. Workshop Content: History of Horticultural Therapy Benefits of Gardening Activities for the Residents--Active and Passive Starting a Garden at your Facility Safety Issues Events ProjectsOutdoor Statistics ActivityDirector.org 5 CE Hours Pre-Approval#NCCAP50096-18
  6. Its that time of year again.. The NAPW Celebration at the NCCAP.org FREE! NCCAP Continuing Education hours for participation in the NCCAP CHATS For National Activity Professional’s Week! These one hour chats begin at 8pm est unless otherwise noted. Each night is a new Moderator and a new topic. Glance over the impressive list of Activity professionals and thier topics of discussion. Plan to attend them all. Go to http://nccap.org/chat and Register your Chat name and Password . Be sure and download the Continuing Education Form from NCCAP.org to claim your CE Certificate of Completion . Submit the form, without the fee, to the NCCAP., even If you don’t need the credit, you are still welcome to join in the conversation! JANUARY- National Activity Professional’s Week-FREE CHATS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1/17- Sunday-Cindy Bradshaw: Certification 1/18- Monday-Sherry Barzak: Advocacy at a Different Level 1/19- Tuesday- Bryan Rife: Perusing the NCCAP Power Point 1/20- Wednesday- Dawn Appler: Part 1 Advocacy Relating to Activities 1/21- Thursday- Dawn Appler: Part 2 Advocacy Relating to Activities 1/22- Friday-Jane Anderson: Links and NCCAP 1/23- Saturday-Sherry Barzak: Attendance at the State and Local Levels 1/24 – Sunday-Kathy Hughes: TBA
  7. View it on the web Click HERE . Toward the Light: Part I The Dying Process and Helping the family ActivityDirector.org =ABOUT THIS COURSE= Death. It’s intense, scary and sad. There is no denying these things. However, that is only half the picture. There is another more joyful and celebratory way to handle what is, ultimately all of our fate. It can be very overwhelming and uncomfortable when one of your residents reaches the end of their lives. Knowing what to say issues as the Activity Director is having a level of understanding about what actually is occurring. In this workshop, we will cover the dying process from a spiritual standpoint. We will also go over different rituals of death by faith so that you may be more sensitive to each individual’s needs. Finally we will cover ways in which you can help the family and friends of your resident to cope, which in turn can help to provide more peace for the dying. -Objective of this course:- Help you bring different energy forth so that you can help infuse he situation with an element of acceptance. 6 continuing education credit hours Eligible for Activity Director Certification or Home Care Certification Pre-Approval#NCCAP31775-16 Sheryl Bacon-Jones Visit http://www.activitydirector.org for more details CLICK HERE ============================================================ MEPAP Classes Start Oct. 6th ** ActivityDirector.org (http://activitydirector.org) The MEPAP Activity Director training classes start the first Tuesday of every month. Meets the State requirement for Activity Director Training Instructor: Kathy Hughes NCCAP Approval ** # NCCAP30420-16-M2-NT (http://www.activitydirector.org)
  8. New CE Workshop is available at ActivityDirector.org online classroom, Creativity! Activities that Inspire Pre-Approved by NCCAP for 5 Credit Hours Activities inherently taps into the “potential and creativity” of the participants. This Online study program will encourage you as the activity professional to explore various ways to awaken the potential and creativity in your residents. This will assist you in developing programs that can be used to unlock the creativity in your residents.
  9. shhhhhhhhhhhhh! 12 ceu's in paradise..... When : October 18-20, 2013 Where : Key Largo, FL Main Hotel : Bay Cove Motel Overflow Hotel : The Pelican (Picture above is the Bay Cove property where most sessions will be held- the beach is the "conference room"!!) $250 Registration Fee Includes: (early bird registration, space WILL be limited!) * CEU's *Registration * Half Day on Party Fishing Boat * Use of FL Keys Art Studio and take home project * Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday (Continental) * Networking Pizza Party Saturday night Visit http://www.trinmotion.org/ for details
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